BBC Three to offer viewers a range of different perspectives on sex and sexuality

We aim to expose our viewers to a range of perspectives, some of which might be at odds with each other, but most importantly we want our viewers to watch these programmes and form their own opinions."Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Date: 10.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: BBC Three; Factual
BBC Three has commissioned a season of programmes that will explore the complexities of sex and sexuality through a range of different viewpoints, from the scientist and the historian to the virgin, the lap dancer and the comedian.

Three-part series How Sex Works will lead the season, combining compelling real life stories, cutting-edge science and computer graphics to tell the story of the science behind sex. Inside the human body with CGI, the series will explore the physiological, neurological and psychological changes that happen before, during and after sex to investigate the science of lust and the mechanics of sex itself.

Zai Bennett, BBC Three Controller says: “Sex is on all young adults’ minds and we hope this major new season will encourage our audience to look at it from a variety of viewpoints. We aim to expose our viewers to a range of perspectives, some of which might be at odds with each other, but most importantly we want our viewers to watch these programmes and form their own opinions.”

Other programmes in the season include: a one-off documentary in which Cherry Healey explores why losing your virginity is such an important experience and is about so much more than sex; Web Sex – Where’s The Harm?, in which ex-Hollyoaks star Nathalie Emmanuel investigates how the internet is changing the love lives of 16-24 year olds, revealing for the first time figures from an academic study which indicates what proportion of this age group are using the internet for sexual purposes; and Jeff Leach – Am I A Sex Addict?, a heartfelt and at times funny journey into Jeff’s sexual history in which he meets some of the women who have known him best and asks whether he can change his ways.

Also included in the season are: Coming Out Diaries, an observational documentary following the journeys of young people as they go through key moments of sexual discovery; Undressed, an unflinching, surprising and thoughtful look at the lap-dancing industry through the stories of some of the young women who work in one of Britain’s biggest chains of clubs; and The Sex Stories That Changed Britain, a look back at the stories, scandals and events from the past 40 years that have changed the nation’s behaviour and attitude to all things sex.

Samantha Anstiss, Documentaries Commissioning Executive, says: “Sex is a complex and perennially interesting subject, and one worthy of intelligent and thought-provoking exploration. Many BBC Three viewers are well informed about sex, but I hope that programmes like How Sex Works, Coming Out Diaries and Am I A Sex Addict? will provide a fresh and unexpected point of view that is relevant to their lives.”

How Sex Works, Coming Out Diaries and Jeff Leach – Am I A Sex Addict? were commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries and Zai Bennett. Samantha Anstiss is the Commissioning Executive. How Sex Works is being produced by Pioneer, where the Executive Producer is Yavar Abbas. Coming Out Diaries is being produced by Betty, where the Executive Producer is David Emerson. And Jeff Leach – Am I A Sex Addict? is being produced by ZigZag, where the Executive Producer is Danny Fenton.

The Cherry Healey documentary, Undressed and The Sex Stories That Changed Britain were commissioned by Harry Lansdown, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Formats and Specialist Factual, BBC Three and Zai Bennett. The Cherry Healey documentary is being produced by Renegade, where the Executive Producer is Maureen Goldthorpe. Undressed is being produced by Twofour, where the Executive Producer is Andy MacKenzie. And The Sex Stories That Changed Britain is being produced by BBC Vision Productions, Manchester, where the Executive Producer is Kieran Collins.

Web Sex – Where’s The Harm? was commissioned by Clive Edwards, Commissioning Editor, Current Affairs and Zai Bennett. It is being produced by BBC Vision Productions, London where the Executive Producer is Clare Sillery.

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